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Wilderness Adventures - July, Week Two/2007

This is about a remote area in west central British Columbia, Canada called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without the smog!
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19/07/2007 5:20 PM

Rainstorm

We received an unbelievable rainstorm last night. Not that it was a hard downpour most of the time, but it was steady and lasted for hours leaving us with 3 1/2 cm or well over an inch of rain. That's lots for us! The beauty of it is that it reduced the forest fire risk substantially and should carry us over for a couple of weeks, even if we do get some really hot weather.
A big trough up from the south parked itself over us as well as the lower mainland and was supposed to bring severe thunderstorms to most of central BC. I don't know how Prince George and Williams Lake made out but it didn't look good on the radar pictures.
Our skies today have been alternating between big, black, evil looking clouds and a little sun with cool temperatures getting no higher than 16C or around 65 degrees. Suits me if it stays cool until we leave. It means a lot less work getting everything watered in and reduces any forest fire danger. It should be pretty good fishing out on Nimpo Lake with this weather and I have seen a few boats out. Yesterday we watched a family of four otters in front of our place swimming toward the middle of the lake. They were rolling constantly so I don't know if they were fishing or just traveling. Looked like they were having lots of fun in any case. Of course, they always do.
I'm not too sure how well it's going to work keeping up on the blog while we're gone. I'll be taking the laptop computer with me and will probably keep everyone up on how northern BC and the Yukon is doing as I did last year while we were in Alaska. But since we're traveling with friends that like us, prefer treed campsites over those gravel pits they call RV Sites, I may not have a lot of Internet access. In which case, I guess I'll just have to relax and be on vacation. Aw, gee....
As a result, rather than starting a new week as I should have, I'll just keep plugging away on this page until we go. Then switch to uploading from a new page on the laptop. I've got to get the new camera software uploaded onto the laptop and see how that works out. If it doesn't....well, back to the old camera. Wish me luck on that one.
The mosquitoes are easing up a bit around here so now might be a good time to come for a visit to our area. Especially after we leave. I expect most of them will follow us up north. lol. Actually, we should be hitting right at the prime of mosquito season up there because it will just be warming up to those perfect temperatures they like so much. Whitehorse and the Southern Lakes region, one of the areas we'll be heading to, has had a cool, wet summer so mosquito breeding season should be at it's height!.

18/07/2007 1:00 PM

The Smoke

We woke up today to a lot of smoke in the area. I'm really not sure where it's coming from but there are a couple of large fires several hundred miles away from us including a huge one just south of the border that's brought smoke clear up to Vernon. Whether it would make it's way this far north is hard to say. At daylight it was so foggy you could barely see the lake from our front window and later in the morning it was strangely still with the water looking gray and glassy and not a breath of wind. You could see the mountains but even the trees on the far shore were slightly obscured by smoke. A breeze has pushed it all out now locally but it's reminiscent of the 2004 forest fire year where every day was hazy with smoke.
Our air is normally very clear but because we're on the Chilcotin Plateau and ringed by mountains, smoke from miles away can be trapped in the region on still days. Still, we're much better off than those folks in Phoenix, Arizona that got hit with that monster dust storm that we saw on the news yesterday. I'll bet there was more than one soldier living there that's been in Iraq and thought he'd been stuck back in a bad dream.
Our temperatures haven't been too bad the last few days, with today being around 20C or about 70 Fahrenheit and we've had lots of cloud cover and a touch of rain. We're supposed to see cooler, unsettled weather through the weekend which more than suits me. Our friends, the mosquitoes, feel the same way. Rotten little vampires....
I've decided that the world has come to a sorry state these days. We watched a piece on the news last night that talked about the present economic climate and that eventually the boom bubble has to burst. There's no question in my mind that it will happen, it's just a matter of when. For some time now I've been seeing the same economic indicators that led up to the bust in the early eighties and if it comes, it could be much worse than it was then. Far fewer people are putting their money into savings and far more people, particularly young people, are deep in debt. I knew of more than one person in 1981 that was forced to drop the keys to their house on their banker's desk because they couldn't afford the high interest rates. It wouldn't take much of a hike in mortgage rates to cause the same thing now.
Most shocking to me were the on-the-street interviews. Most people interviewed knew what a recession was and many of the older people had lived through the Depression. But some young people, when asked, had no idea what a recession was. How the hell can you not know what a recession is? Don't they teach world economics in school anymore? Don't parents discuss any of that with their kids? I realize I sound old and cranky, but I'm really not. Well, cranky maybe. But I remember my Dad, who was considerably older than my Mother, telling me about what it was like to live through the Depression. And although I wasn't that old during the recession in the early 80's, I still remember pounding the pavement day after day begging for a job. It got so bad that I would tell a potential employer that I would work for free for two weeks and if I didn't work harder than any person in their employ, they could fire me without me taking a plugged nickel in pay. Still no job because everyone else was in the same desperate circumstance. Only a couple of years previous to that you could quit one job, walk across the street and have another within an hour. Much like it is in the western provinces in Canada today.
Many of the folks that lived through the Depression developed frugal ways and pumped as much money as possible into savings or into paying off a home. Going through a recession tends to do the same to you. But I guess it's been just too long in the past now and too many people have forgotten. If we get another recession, it will be a rude wake up call for a lot of the young people out there now who have maxed out their credit cards, hold a mortgage on a house they can barely afford, owe on their two brand new SUV's sitting in the garage along with all the other good toys, and are still paying for their $25,000 wedding. I've been expecting an economic downturn for some time, especially in view of the massive amounts of money being poured into the Iraq war by the US, and will very surprised if it doesn't come. It's an unfortunate rule of physics that what goes up, must come down. But I could be wrong. I have been before. I just hope I am, for the sake of all those young people out there who's teachers and parents forgot to teach them the basic rules of economics. Handing a kid a credit card when they turn 12 or a brand new vehicle when they graduate from school doesn't teach them a lot about the value of working for what you get and the value of saving.
15/07/2007 11:40 AM

Weather Change

You know the old saying of, "If you don't like the weather wait five minutes?" Well that saying has certainly been holding true the last day or so.
Some clouds rolled in yesterday but then it cleared off yesterday evening and proceeded to heat up again. Last last night, I was surprised to see that it was spitting rain. And this morning we had a pretty good downpour, which was great. Of course the mosquitoes thought so too. I figured we were finally going to get a bit of a break in the weather with some moisture and a nice cool down. But suddenly, the low, heavy overcast has been whisked away by an east wind, the sun is shining and it's starting to heat up again, all in a matter of minutes. The big high pressure system that's been holding over the province for the past week and bringing hot weather throughout is supposed to be breaking down, allowing a couple of lows spiraling off the coast to bring moisture in. Who knows if that will apply to us. Vancouver is predicting clouds and showers for the next week so hopefully we'll get it too. I would like to see a good cool down and lots of moisture for the next week.
We're scheduled to leave next week to head up to northern BC and the Yukon for a couple of weeks. However, if there's a high danger of forest fire in the area, we won't be leaving. We're fortunate to have good friends looking after our place, but it's hardly fair to expect them to stick around to keep everything watered down if a fire gets close.
We haven't heard much about the fires lightning strikes to the east of us caused on Friday. We finally turned the radio off because it was going constantly but I imagine the attack crews spent yesterday mopping up. We haven't been out anywhere so I don't know if there are any big fires, or not.
Monday, July 16.
I didn't get this loaded up yesterday so I thought I would add to it very quickly today. Our weather is definitely heating up again after having that nice little moisture break.
We're lucky, because we're still getting some broken cloud, slowing the heat from the sun a bit, but the rain we got the other day simply served to make it very muggy and close.
There was a mist on Nimpo Lake this morning because it actually cooled down to only five degrees above freezing last night. For all I know, it may have come very close to freezing away from the lake.
I spoke to one fellow today that did very well fishing on Nimpo Lake, while friends did equally well on Charlotte Lake and Baby Charlotte. Strangely, we got nearly got skunked on Saturday after that big wind. The lake was stirred up pretty badly from the waves and there was a lot of bits floating in the water that would have slowed fish from seeing bait. Fortunately, Andy pulled in a couple of nice little pan fries as we were coming back in, giving us enough for supper last night. I figured the fishing might have slowed down a bit with that week of high temperatures, but apparently not.
Our wild flowers are breathtaking this year. I'm assuming that all the moisture this spring and early summer, and then the hot spell, have provided perfect growing conditions. I don't know that I've ever seen our flowers so vibrant and all blooming at the same time. Even the wild rose has gone overboard in the 'showy' department. Those same conditions should be providing an excellent berry crop this year as well. I've already noticed that the wild strawberries are coming on and the raspberries shouldn't be that far behind. It's a good year to be a bear.

13/07/2007 5:24 PM

Fire Season Has Started

With a vengeance! Welcome to Friday the 13th!
Our day started out sunny and hot as usual but by early afternoon thunderheads were building and suddenly a really high wind came up that started blowing things over in a serious way.
One of the local planes landed into the wind, thumping through whitecaps in our bay, but didn't dare try to turn around to head to its base because the wind was violent enough that I think it could have easily flipped it. It would probably have worked to try to continue forward into the shelter of one of the islands until the wind died down but instead the pilot let the wind push him back across the bay until he was in a sheltered enough spot to get turned around and motor home.
It must have been quite an experience for the passengers on board to be getting pushed backward through the water in a plane that has no reverse until they could get to a safer spot.
One of the boats went out, probably to see if he could help in any way and I figured he was going into the drink for sure the way the waves were hitting him. I heard one loud thump and thought he'd bought it since he was behind some of our shoreline trees and I couldn't see him, but it wasn't him after all. Instead, one of our green trees went down.
Andy had moved his truck this afternoon because we figured for sure that Sad Sack would be going down in the wind. That's the sorry looking pine next to the house that's been bent over pretty badly in the wind before. Unfortunately, it wasn't Sad Sack, but rather another tall young pine that actually had branches all the way up its trunk and was probably one of our favorites. It had been sheltered by a huge pine that was killed by beetles and so probably didn't have to develop much of a root system. While most of the pines that had been crowded in our yard grew tall and skinny with no lower branches, this one had the potential to grow into a really nice tree eventually. That won't be happening now but it was a good thing the truck had been moved or it would have landed right on top of it.
We've been listening to the radio channel used by the Cariboo Fire Centre and all afternoon bird dogs, look out towers and helicopters already bucketing fires have been calling in new fires caused by lightning strikes to the east of us. Huge storm cells had been building between us and Williams Lake all morning and developed into numerous storms driven by high winds. Fires started by lightning have the potential to get out of control in a hurry with winds that have been gusting between 30 and 50 miles per hour.
I've long since lost count of the number of new fires that have been called in since we turned on the radio this afternoon but there seems to be one every couple of minutes. I've been writing down the coordinates for some of them but the closest seems to be around Punky Lake in the Itcha Mountains to the east of us. Since we have driving winds out of the west, it will keep pushing the storms and fires to the east and we shouldn't have a problem unless one starts west of Anahim or Nimpo Lake. We only heard one thunder clap locally and the weather doesn't really look like it will develop into the thunderheads carrying lightning associated with the storms farther east. We hope.

12/07/2007 8:02 PM

Still Hot

But no smoke yet so that's a good sign. We've ranged from about 29 to 31C or 84 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit temperature wise today with a bit of a breeze and lots of sun. Some high haze started moving in this afternoon and even a little puff of cloud here and there helps to block the heat a bit. So far nothing has developed into the thunderheads that can so often up our fire danger.
They showed on the news that although the Vancouver area is starting to cool down, the central regions, which includes us, will continue to heat up for the next few days. I'm a little tired of the heat. We really needed some heat and to dry out a bit but this seems to be a bit too much of a good thing. We're especially noticing the loss of our pine trees this summer because our little mini forest did a pretty good job of protecting the house from the western sun. I think I know now where I'm going to plant those maple seedlings I've been nursing along.
I got the pleasure of playing tour guide today to some ladies that wanted to see Hotnarko Falls. I finally got to go in there and take pictures with a blue sky and some nice contrast. The falls have probably less than half the volume that they did when I first saw them this year. It's really a shame because I would have liked our visitors to see them in their full thundering glory but they were still suitably spectacular. I did manage to find out from a local friend that the canyon at the foot of the falls is indeed the beginning of the Precipice. It certainly is a unique geological feature and if I ever find out there's a geologist visiting the area, I'm going to nab him and get an education on exactly how those canyons were created.
We finished up our circle tour at Eagle's Nest Lodge on Anahim Lake. Aside from having a spectacular dining room and varied accommodations, they have a really nice boutique/gift shop that's a must stop for anyone visiting the area. You can find out more about the gift shop at Businesses and Shops
on this site.
I was just checking out today's fire map for the province and you can see the extreme danger building in some areas. If you would like to check that out you can go to BC Fire Danger. I believe it's updated each day. It's an interesting map to follow this time of year and always a relief to see we're still in the moderate to high section of the province. Today's map is quite a contrast to that of the same date a month ago. You couldn't have started a campfire with a blowtorch and a prayer. Now, nearly overnight, several parks throughout the province have banned campfires and in some cases even briquette fires and smoking.
Hot spots are still being reported at the site of the forest fire north of Anahim Lake that burned last year. Most of the flare ups are in the center of a charred landscape and pose no danger of spreading but it does emphasize the fact that a fire can be one or two years old, go through a winter of heavy snow load, and still reactivate the next summer. My father used to get into some very serious dog doo with the local Fire Protection types when I was a kid. We would clear land for fields, pile the slash and come fall, set it on fire after any forest fire danger was long past. The huge windrows would burn up and go out, or seem to. Sometimes on a cold frosty day months later, you would see a lonely tendril of smoke floating up through a hole in the snow. That's okay in winter but not in summer. The fire would go deep into the duff or underground roots and on a hot summer day, explode into flame. Invariably a bird dog would spot it while flying over and next thing you know, some angry fire warden would come screaming up over our rutted driveway, dust just flying, face red as a beet, and I swear there were sparks flying from his eyes when he glared daggers at Dad. He and the Old Man would get into it on a regular basis with the fire warden never believing my father when he would insist a fire had not just been set in the middle of August when it was 90 degrees with no moisture for weeks. Like anyone was that crazy! I don't know how smart the warden was but he just didn't get the concept that a fire could carry over underground for easily a year or two.
However, I would have to grudgingly admit that the fire warden may have had reason for his long term dislike of our family. It's possible that some of us kids had a close kinship with fire and any excuse was a good one for starting a campfire, setting a wasp hive in the middle of a grove of trees on fire in high summer, (That one pretty much broke the camel's back when it came to my Dad's and the warden's relationship.) or playing rocket ship. That entails piling up as many green spruce boughs as you could, a pile sometimes 20 feet long and as high as you could reach from the tailgate of a pickup truck. (Once we even used a tall step ladder.) Then you set it on fire. It takes a long, long time for the fire to get going and in the meanwhile, you get this enormous cloud of pure white smoke that looks just like it does at the Kennedy Space Center when the shuttle takes off. Of course those days predated the shuttle but we had gone to the moon by then! Unfortunately, since we lived on top of a mountain, our smoke could be seen from nearly every forestry Lookout Tower in central B.C. It only took one of those nasty visits by the fire warden for us to learn to play rocket ship only in the winter when there was a whole lot of snow on the ground and all the forestry personnel were hibernating.

11/07/2007 7:37 PM

Heat Wave

Well folks, it looks like we're in a heat wave. Actually, we were listening to the newscasters describe what's considered an official heat wave deserving of an alert in Canada. Apparently 32C or 90 degrees Fahrenheit for three consecutive days is considered a heat wave in our country. Except that I'm not sure those temperatures would be correct for many parts of Canada, including our region where we rarely see temperatures above 80 degrees, and even more rarely three days in a row. This evening we registered 29C in the shade but up in Nimpo they registered 33C in the shade yesterday and it's probably higher today. As usual, we're about 5 degrees cooler near the water than away.
Whether we had the temperatures or not, it would still be a heat wave for all of us out in this area because our spring and early summer temperatures have been unusually low. When you're used to 10C or 50 degree temperatures and the thermometer is suddenly registering 40 degrees higher, it's a bit of a shock to the system.
We're all finding it uncomfortably hot under a blazing sun and no breeze both indoors and out. But the bugs are too and that's bonus! You can actually work outside now if you can stand the heat as long as you stay away from the sprinklers and the shade. This is the perfect weather to burn off the mozzys and hopefully, when we do get a cool down, they won't be too bad.
No cool down for the next few days, although after climbing a bit higher tomorrow, temperatures should start to drop a bit by Sunday. By golly, I think summer might be here!
The only problem with getting hot weather you aren't used to is that all you want to do is take a siesta. It's hard to make yourself work outside in the sun but it's impossible to stay awake inside sitting in front of the computer. I opted for outside with no bugs and it was awesome!
It looks like lots of people opted for the lake as well today, although a lot of boats came back in during the midafternoon heat. People are still catching loads of fish and still commenting on how big and fat the rainbows are this year.
High temperature records have been falling throughout the province this week and will continue to do so. I noticed one place where the heat beat a record set in 1926. In many cases, though, the records aren't being beat by just a degree or so, but more often by six to ten degrees. Three places in British Columbia were vying for the hot spot in Canada for today and they had already blasted age old records.
It's funny, but with the exception of a mini heat wave early on, we got a long, cool spring that saved the Lower Mainland from being flooded by rivers loaded with snow melt. Now we're in the middle of a record breaking heat wave. Had this come only a few weeks earlier, the landscape would be looking a lot different. On our last trip to town we noticed we weren't the only region that was extremely green. Even in Williams Lake all the growth still had that bright spring green and the grasses hadn't even begun to start turning. That will delay the forest fires by a few days hopefully. Surprisingly, there aren't that many burning around the province to date. That will change in the next couple of days of course. The Okanagan has been heating up for much, much longer than we have so things will be tinder dry around there. We should be okay as long as we don't start seeing big thunderheads building and bringing along lightning strikes. In the meanwhile, we're doing some heavy watering around here to keep everything good and wet. Might as well stay ahead of it.

09/07/2007 8:47 PM

A Different Perspective

I discovered a new mountain out our front window today. That's certainly the one positive aspect of losing a lot of local trees to the Mountain Pine Beetle. Your view improves and you discover mountains you never even knew you had. However, the perspective from our front window can be quite misleading in trying to figure out just what mountain you're looking at.
So we took a trip.
Our big boat had to come out of the water anyway because the levels in Nimpo Lake have dropped enough to do damage to the motors if a big wind comes up and starts things bobbing. And until we can build another dock around the back side of our peninsula in deeper water, (project 4,625 on the duty list) the big boat can't stay in under those conditions. So before pulling it out, Andy wanted to show me what mountain I was looking at from out on the water. Talk about moving mountains!
Once out in our bay headed to the main arm, you could get a much better view of the mountain as well as the one we discovered this winter that we're pretty sure is the Monarch Icefield. This new one must be pretty high because it's still pretty well covered in snow at this time of year. That's another thing that always seems deceiving to me. Mountains that seem taller have no snow while the shorter mountains behind them are still covered. Perspective again. Pretty obvious to most that if you can see the mountains way in the back they have to be a whole lot higher but it's not as obvious as you think until this time of year when you can use the snow cover to estimate the differences in elevation.
What's even odder is that we can boat straight out from our place and don't have to go very far before all the mountains seem to have shifted around so that you're now looking directly at a mountain that is far to the west from the house. It's not until you look back at our front windows from a distance and realize that we're not facing the direction we think we are. It's no surprise that people get lost easily out in the woods.
In any case, it was a great excuse to just get out on the lake and cruise around on a nice day. We didn't even break out the fishing rods. Lots of other people did though. And it looked like they were getting fish.
Today was another beautiful one with temperatures a little over 23C or about 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice breeze, lots of sunshine and of course, the bugs. But that's a given.
July 9th.
I didn't get this posted up on the 'Net last night so I'll just add to it today. Our weather is heating up. It's sitting at 26C or about 80F degrees this afternoon with lots of sunshine and lower humidity. As a result, the mozzys actually aren't that hard to put up with outside, even though I was doing some watering today. A full week of hot weather and it just might get downright tolerable out there. Everyone will be thankful for that, visitors and locals alike.
A great little plane took off by our place today. Built in the 1920's, it has a rotary engine and double wings, or I think what they called a biplane. But this one was on floats and painted an old army green. All that wing surface gave him lots of lift and he was off and doing acrobatics over the water in no time.
The plane accompanying him wasn't so lucky. Most likely loaded down and headed for the Yellowknife fly in, he probably had his fuel tanks right full. As a result, he was really, really heavy in the water, went across Nimpo Lake at full throttle, and finally had to turn down the south end behind the big island. I could no longer see him but it sounded like full throttle went to full shutdown because he would have run out of lake. Had he turned the other way he would have had five miles and the entire Main and North Arm to get off the water. I don't know what happened to him after that but presumably he cruised around the lake for awhile to burn off fuel before trying to take off again. Lack of wind and our really warm temperatures probably changed the dynamics for the pilot and took him by surprise. Since he was American registered, a high altitude lake may not be something he's accustomed to and that can affect his ability to lift off as well.
Pilots on floats and unaccustomed to the area are often taken by surprise here. They'll take off with no problem from an area at sea level loaded down with gear and fuel and of course, have no difficulty landing on Nimpo Lake. But taking off at a higher elevation with a plane loaded down with gear and that has just been fueled up is a whole different ball game. Although I don't know that much about float planes, I've gotten so I can judge whether a plane is 'heavy' or not by how much of the back of his float is under water. If it's a small plane that's underpowered, generally you know he'll be doing circles out on the lake for awhile trying to burn off enough fuel to get off the water.
08/07/2007 6:06 PM

It's A Good Weekend To Be In The Chilcotin

This time of year a lot of things pick up and there's a number of events in the month of July. I mentioned in yesterday's article that the Anahim Lake Stampede was on in Anahim Lake this weekend. The British Columbia Floatplane Association had their fly in at Nimpo Lake this weekend as well. Normally the two events don't happen at the same time, but a lot of the pilots that attend this even also wanted to go to the fly in at Yellowknife that happens next weekend. So the BCFA changed their dates.
There was excellent attendance with a stack of planes showing up both on wheels and on floats as well as a very interesting looking amphib. It looked plenty big enough to sleep on.
There was a good meeting yesterday with it being broken up by the search and rescue helicopter showing up. I understand I'll be getting close-up pictures of that from a friend. The banquet went well last night and as usual the food was excellent, all due to the hard work and effort put in by the folks residing down on the North Arm of Nimpo Lake. The silent auction went well and I understand the band was excellent and played late into the night. The folks put on a pancake breakfast this morning and then those with floatplanes headed out on the poker run. I read the itinerary for that last night and it looked like it would be a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, since I was doing some food preparation and Andy was helping out down at that end of the lake as well as attending the meeting, neither of us got into Anahim Lake for the Stampede. I saw a lot of big rigs pulling horse trailers heading back to Williams Lake last night and today, so I don't think there was very much going on for events this morning. At least I hope not, or I should have been down taking pictures. I do, however, have some pictures courtesy of Miriam Schilling that I'll be posting. The Anahim Lake Stampede traditionally draws some pretty good rodeo riders because the Williams Lake Stampede is the weekend before so the participants often head out here in the days following.
Both events got pretty lucky with weather this weekend, although we did have a cloudburst and some rain after midnight last night. The mosquitoes appreciated the added moisture. Today is a beautiful day with temperatures holding at 20C or around 70F, lots of sunshine and a nice breeze.
We decided since it was Sunday, we've been busy the past week, and we were both feeling lazy, that we were going fishing. I got a nice one on shortly after we went out but lost him after he did some serious head shaking. I got a couple more nibbles but that was it. Fishing went dead. Part of the reason may have been that the wind came up and was changing the speed and action of the boat. Who knows? We actually didn't care. I was just thoroughly enjoying being out on the water and relaxing in the sun, watching an eagle ride the thermals overhead and studying the shoreline. Getting fish would have been too much like effort.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's articles at July, Week One.

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